Primary Navigation Research & Best Practices

27 Mar 2009 - 5:32pm
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Dennis Morrow

Has there been any research or best practices posted around Primary

Specifically I want to find out:
1) The benefit of duplicating a primary navigation link as the first
link in its drop-down. (Example: You have a primary navigation item
labeled “Solutions” and when you hover over it a drop-down appears
that has its first link called “Overview” which takes the user to
the same page as clicking the “Solutions” link)

2) Expected consistency of using drop-downs with primary navigation
items. (Example: You have 5 primary navigation items, 4 of them uses
a drop-down while only 1 of them doesn’t)

I know there are some great general resources like:
- Designing Drop-Down Menus: Examples and Best Practices:
- Mega Drop-Down Navigation Menus Work Well:
- Designing Web Navigation:

If you don’t know of any formal research I would love to hear your
personal option as well.

Thanks for the help,

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